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Directed by Michel Levesque
USA 1971

 

The Devil's Advocates an outlaw gang of Harley-riding hellions led by Adam (Stephen Oliver, The Naked Zoo, Motorpsycho!) and his old lady Helen (Donna Anders, Count Yorga, Vampire) troll the dusty highways of the American Southwest in search of the next great kick, whether it be sex, drugs, or violence. After dispatching a pair of rednecks unfriendly to their lifestyle, the Advocates run roughshod over a gas station before taking to the road again, where they encounter a cloistered sect of Satanic Monks led by high priest One (Severn Darden, Battle for the Planet of the Apes). A mass-drugging, a ritual sacrifice, a topless snake-dance, and a scene-clearing fistfight ensue but it's too late; the spell has been cast, and the two shall become... Werewolves on Wheels! Equal parts road movie biker pic and black magic monster flick, this cross-genre film marked the directorial debut of Michael Levesque (Sweet Sugar), art designer on Russ Myers films Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens and Up! Also starring Billy Gray (TV's Father Knows Best) and pop singer Barry McGuire (Eve of Destruction), Werewolves on Wheels defies classification. Is it art? Is it exploitation? The answer is a resounding yes. Now see this cult classic for the first time in HD!

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A biker gang visits a monastery where they encounter black-robed monks engaged in worshipping Satan. When the monks try to persuade one of the female bikers, Helen, to become a satanic sacrifice the bikers smash up the monastery and leave. The monks have the last laugh, though, as Helen, as a result of the satanic rituals, is now possessed and at night changes into a werewolf, with dire results for the biker gang.

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Theatrical Release: August 11th, 1971

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Distribution Code Red - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:19:49.493         
Video

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,206,471,906 bytes

Feature: 20,156,055,552 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1997 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1997 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None
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Code Red

 

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,206,471,906 bytes

Feature: 20,156,055,552 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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Theatrical Trailer(1:38)


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 21st, 2021
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Chapters 12

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Code Red Blu-ray (March 2021): Code Red have transferred Michel Levesque's Werewolves on Wheels to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New HD Master". It is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio on single-layered disc with a high bitrate and looks modest - probably more a direction function of the source. It's fairly consistent with a few anomalies (marks frame-specific color flecks.) Color balance is fine and there are brief instances of depth. Much of the film is darkly lit and it looks 'okay' without compression artifacts - probably a notable step up from the SD.

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On their Blu-ray, Code Red use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. It has similar weaknesses of the original production limitations but dialogue is audible without undue hiss or pops. The score is Don Gere (Sweet Sugar), which uses the previous 'Sweet Sugar theme' and is unremarkable for the most part - more suitable for a biker film than a horror. Code Red offer no subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Code Red Blu-ray include only a trailer the film, Werewolves on Wheels. We don't get the commentary that as on a previous DVD.

Werewolves on Wheels is about 75% biker film with the werewolf'ing seeming like an afterthought. It is kinda of appealing to mix the two genres into such a hybrid. Plenty of previously seen 'exploitation', or once notable, cast members; Steve Oliver (The Bloody Slaying of Sarah Ridelander, motorcycle films Angels from Hell and Motorpsycho!), Donna Anders (Dream No Evil), Billy Gray (notable films like The Day the Earth Stood Still, but ending his career with The Vampyre Wars) etc. It's a function of its period and has nostalgic value with some gratuitous Satanic ritual nudity, complete with snake. It's quite scattered for a viable horror, with a rabid werewolf melee, but some may find the latter cult/lycanthropy-angle appealing. The bare-bones Code Red Blu-ray may interest Drive-In genre-loving fans but only in its notable a/v improvement over DVD.

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